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    Making money on open source

    Posted Mar 19, 2001 - 9:58 am

    I had the privilege of moderating a panel at November's Linux Business Expo in Las Vegas. Such greats as Linus Torvalds, Linux International's Jon "maddog" Hall, Dirk Hohndel of SuSE, Miguel de Icaza of Helix Code, and Peter Beckman of TurboLabs sat on the panel. The topic was the international impact of Linux, but we quickly got side-tracked by economic issues.

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    Win4Lin vs. VMware

    Posted Mar 19, 2001 - 2:02 pm

    Shortly after I wrote about Win4Lin a few weeks ago, I was bombarded with questions from readers asking how it compares to VMware. Win4Lin is a product that allows you to install and run Windows 95 or Windows 98 under Linux. With VMware, you can also install and run various other versions of Windows under Linux. (See Resources for links to both.)

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    The gift of open source

    Posted Mar 19, 2001 - 2:14 pm

    Christmas is a time of ambivalence for me this year. I often plan this column around the notion that this is a time for giving and receiving gifts, and then list which gifts I would like. But this year, I find myself in the peculiar position of not wanting much. Indeed, every time I start my holiday list, I end up counting those open source blessings I've already received instead.

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    Linux lyrics for the holidays

    Posted Mar 19, 2001 - 2:30 pm

    Twas the night before deadline when all of us groused, Not a server was stirring, not even the mouse; 'Cause Windows was hung with a bright blue screen glare, In need of a service pack that wasn't there.

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    New Year predictions and more on VMware

    Posted Mar 19, 2001 - 2:34 pm

    Well, it's predictions time again -- and boy, is it easy this year. My first prediction is that we will see the 2.4 version of the Linux kernel arrive early in 2001, and version 2.4.1 arrive by the middle of the year. Version 2.4.1 will include support for the Reiserfs journaling filesystem, as well as a host of other nice enhancements. Unfortunately, 2.4.1 will not include the ability to create a core dump of all running threads when a multithreaded application crashes, nor will it include the ability to assign each thread its own process identification. I predict that people will submit patches for those features, but Linus Torvalds will not approve them, so the next kernel will not implement them.

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    Open source tips for Intel and AMD

    Posted Mar 19, 2001 - 2:45 pm

    My teens and early 20s occurred during the pop psychology age that introduced us to I'm OK, You're OK, a book by Thomas Harris, and transactional analysis. One of my favorite authors of the genre was Dr. Eric Berne, who wrote an interesting book called Games People Play. I mention all this because I'm about to play one of those games, which Berne identified as "Let's you and him fight." It's a game where you ignite a conflict between others and then sit back and watch with glee as they battle it out.

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    Linux 2.4 and USB

    Posted Mar 19, 2001 - 2:52 pm

    All of the talk about the recently released Linux 2.4 kernel centers on the improvements that will make Linux a better operating system for the enterprise. I have not yet subjected the 2.4 kernel to intensive server testing. But I do have a lot of confidence in the 2.4 kernel for enterprise use, if for no other reason than because IBM and Oracle have already loudly endorsed it.

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    Java's future lies with Linux

    Posted Mar 19, 2001 - 2:57 pm

    In this week's InfoWorld test-center editors and analysts chose the 10 most significant technologies for business in the year 2000. They made some respectable choices. Naming XML as the year's most significant business technology wasn't one of them. I'm not arguing that it hasn't had a big impact on business, although I would strongly suggest that it shouldn't have been rated No. 1.

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    It's the desktop, stupid

    Posted Mar 19, 2001 - 3:08 pm

    Linux is doing extremely well in the server market these days. But there are three things Linux needs to conquer next in order to stay alive in the server space: The desktop, the desktop, and the desktop.

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    The Golden Penguin Bowl

    Posted Mar 19, 2001 - 3:12 pm

    The LinuxWorld Conference & Expo (LWCE) in New York City held January 30 to February 2 was an absolute blast. I had the privilege of hosting the Golden Penguin Bowl. (Please see Resources for information on the Webcast.) We split a dozen geeks into two teams -- the Geeks and the Nerds -- to answer trivia questions that most self-respecting geeks should know. Each member of the winning team received a gorgeous, handblown glass penguin. We also had two members of the Linux community judging: Don Marti of Linux Journal and Rob Malda from Slashdot.

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